Let’s start with some background. Where are you from? What were you studies and hobbies before coming to the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)?
I'm Melekcan. I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. While doing a double major in Aviation Management and Business Administration at Özyeğin University, I had the chance to study Aviation Management at the AUAS for a semester as part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
What do you prioritise most in your life? What are you passionate about?
I prioritise being happy, happiness for myself and my family. I am highly motivated to do what is necessary to ensure this.
What tips do you have for someone settling into life in Amsterdam?
If anyone else were to experience my 6-month adventure in Amsterdam, I would say:
The weather isn't too cold after April, so don't hesitate to bring summer clothes. Get a good workout before you come, sometimes you may have to ride your bike a lot. If you are going to travel long distances every day, renting an electric bike will be a logical and enjoyable choice.
If you are considering getting a job, it is essential that you know Dutch. Just because everyone speaks English, this is not enough for getting a good job. You still have a few options, but only at the lower-level. If you have the time, definitely take a course at CREA.
What do you think you will remember the most about your time as a student at the AUAS?
I will miss my studies at the Jakoba Mulderhuis. It was one of the places where I studied most peacefully. Compared to Amsterdam's crowds and hustle and bustle, the school was very quiet. I needed this, and I loved it. I will also miss the friends I met in the courses I attended at CREA. We made great memories together.